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CAs Are Revoking Noncompliant SSL Certificates

Tuesday, March 26, 2019


In the past few weeks, the cybersecurity industry has been debating whether or not there is a need to add a new root certificate. In an attempt to find a technical reason to disqualify this new root request, a researcher inadvertently turned up a misconfiguration in the EJBCA CA tool that many other CAs use to generate serial numbers. This report revealed that over 1.2 million TLS certificates have been misissued by major certificate authorities. The problem, as explained by the Researcher and a group of other people was that TLS certificate serial numbers need to be positive integers. To deal with this issue, EJBCA would have to sacrifice one of the serial numbers' bits --which would always be zero-- to make sure the serial number would be a positive integer and, hence, be standards compliant.

However, by doing this, those 64-bit serial number would effectively be a 63-bit serial number, thereby reducing the protection that this serial number that ought to be provided to the TLS certificate against collision attacks (especially when attackers (Hackers) try to create forged TLS certificates with identical signatures.


The Effects?

Certificate Authorities operators (Like Apple, Google, GoDaddy, and other smaller operators that used the EJBCA software platform to generate serial numbers with the minimum 64-bit value are really affected while those CAs that generated 72-bit or other larger values for the serial numbers are not. This mass mis-issuance has seen organizations across the globe scrambling to find and replace these impacted certificates within the 5-day window that CAs has to revoke all non-compliant certificates, as required by industry rules. While this problem does not pose a direct security threat to internet users today. However, it may lead to a large number of broken sites in the weeks to come as SSL certificates have to be replaced on the fly.


The Good News

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